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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Department of Physics
8.02
Fall 2006
Final Exam Information
Big Ideas/Major Concepts:
Maxwell's Equations:
Gauss's Law (charge makes E fields)
Magnetic Gauss's Law (no magnetic monopoles)
AmpereMaxwell Law (currents and changing E fields make B fields)
Faraday's Law (changing B fields make E fields)
Energy:
Fields store energy. Energy can flow (Poynting vector, EM radiation)
Circuits/Circuit Elements:
Voltage drives current
Resistors restrict current flow and DISSIPATE energy
Capacitors store charge (and E field, and electric energy)
Inductors "store" current (and B field and magnetic energy)
Interference:
Path length, maximum and minimum condition
Double slit Pattern: Interference and Diffraction
Specific Types of Problems you may be asked to do:
Analytic problems
will cover the following topics:
Electric Fields
Calculate using:
Coulomb's Law (discrete point charges only! No continuous charge distributions)
Gauss's Law
Faraday’s Law (e.g. in a “charging” solenoid)
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